Shea champion Rahama Wright shares business tips with female entrepreneurs

The Trade Hub attended the fourth Women’s Entrepreneurship Forum at the Andrew Young Center in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire on April 27, joining over 54 participants, including women entrepreneurs in the agriculture and apparel sectors. Speaker Ms. Rahama Wright, founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Shea Yeleen, particularly captivated the audience as she shared her… Read More

Your packaging is your ambassador, women entrepreneurs learn at workshop

Thirty female entrepreneurs from Benin, Burkina Faso and Togo joined their Ghanaian counterparts to learn how to add value and better market their products at an April 25-26 workshop on proper packaging. The Trade Hub’s workshop for members of the African Women’s Entrepreneurship Program (AWEP) was also livestreamed to members in Liberia. Led by Mr.… Read More

Partners step up at fifth cereals exchange in Mali

Fifty West African buyers and sellers (including nearly 30 women) from Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso and Guinea gathered in Bamako, Mali, for the fifth cereals exchange organized by the Trade Hub in collaboration with the NGO Afrique Verte and the West African Grain Network (WAGN). The March 8-10 event offered a platform for producers and… Read More

Trade Hub builds capacity of regional organization for long-term sustainability

Four West African industry organizations, all Trade Hub grantees, learned best practices for attaining financial sustainability during three-day meetings with each organization held over a two and a half week period from February 10 to 28. The four organizations—Filière Karité de Côte d’Ivoire (FIKA-CI), West African Grain Network (WAGN), Borderless Alliance (BA), and Confédération des… Read More

The MAGIC-al ingredient: Persistence

For Linda Ampah of KAD Manufacturing, one year has made all the difference in reaching U.S. buyers. She has ramped up international orders in addition to following up with contacts made at last year’s Sourcing at MAGIC tradeshow. Ms. Ampah first attended the world’s largest apparel show in February 2016 in Las Vegas, under the… Read More

Trade Hub launches #EntrepreneuriElle ahead of International Women’s Day

In honor of International Women’s Day on March 8, the #EntrepreneuriElle campaign celebrates West African women entrepreneurs working in apparel, mango, shea, livestock, and cereals as well as the Trade Hub’s work to expand access to finance for small women-owned businesses.  The website is available here, and individual stories are also available on Exposure.  [Please note that Exposure… Read More

Leading Ivorian shea association plans better branding and communications

The Filiere Karite de Côte d’Ivoire (FIKA-CI) learned strategic steps at a February workshop in optimizing communication resources and building their brand as a leading association in the Ivorian shea value chain. With more than 2,000 members from rural women’s associations, FIKA-CI is working with an important network of traders and exporting companies. Since its… Read More

Readying financial access program for small women-owned businesses in Côte d’Ivoire

The Trade Hub’s finance and investment specialists held a series of meetings from January 30 to February 3 with prospective beneficiaries of the Trade Hub’s Gender Access to Finance Strategy, soon to be rolled out in Côte d’Ivoire. Business Development Services Specialist Ms. Kafui Djonou, Finance and Investment Specialist Mr. Charles Adegnandjou and a local… Read More

Burkinabe mango exporter receives crates to boost post-harvest quality

Rose Eclat, a mango processer that exports dried mangoes from Burkina Faso to several European countries, received 1,050 harvesting plastic crates valued at $15,000 under a Trade Hub grant. The crates, presented on January 20, will help transport mangoes from various growers to the factory for cleaning and drying prior to being exported. “We believe… Read More

Niger livestock cooperative creates market opportunities for women

In 2010, Madame Maïga approached the Niger Livestock Federation (FNGIP) with the idea of setting up a cooperative of women livestock fatteners to facilitate export. The result is the 98 woman strong Association Nigérienne des Femmes Emboucheuses, Eleveuses et Entrepreneures pour le Developpement (ANFED) drawn from all over Niger, whose main objective is to pool… Read More

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